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Jerry F. Husak

Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
Office
354 Owens
Phone
(651) 962-5223
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5223
Fax
651.962.5201
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research focuses on understanding how the processes of natural and sexual selection shape physiological and morphological traits. Specifically, I am interested in how hormones link animals to their biotic and abiotic environments through the regulation of performance traits important to fitness. To accomplish this, I integrate theory and techniques from physiology, evolutionary ecology, animal behavior, and functional morphology, and I combine laboratory experiments with correlative studies of natural populations. I primarily work with reptiles as model systems, and I conduct research in the southwestern US and the Caribbean. Some of my current projects include:

  • How steroid hormones mediate performance in lizards
  • How endocrine systems regulate social behavior in Caribbean Anolis lizards
  • Direct and indirect effects of sexually selected traits on animal performance
  • Examining performance consequences of muscle fiber composition in lizards

Lab website:  http://jerryhusak.weebly.com/index.html

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

(Student researchers are denoted by *.)

  • J.F. Husak, J. C. Roy* and M. B. Lovern. (2017). Exercise training reveals trade-offs between endurance performance and immune function, but does not affect growth, in juvenile lizards. Journal of Experimental Biology 220:1497-1502. 
  • J.F. Husak. (2016). “Snowbird: Integrative Biology and Evolutionary Diversity in the Junco. Edited by Ellen D. Ketterson and Jonathan W. Atwell”. Invited book review. Journal of Field Ornithology, 87: 443-445.

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 349 - D01 Comp Anatomy & Physiology M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OSS 313

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

OSS 313

Course Registration Number:

40061 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jerry F. Husak

This course includes an examination of the functional morphology of the vertebrate skeletal, muscular, nervous, and sensory systems. Emphasis will be placed upon the evolution, development and function of these systems as well as the control and integration of all organ systems in vertebrates. This course may be taken as part of a two-semester sequence with BIOL 350 but may also be taken alone. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 489 - 51 Stress Physiology/Lab - - - R - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 379

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1730

Location:

OWS 379

Course Registration Number:

42554 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jerry F. Husak

The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 489 - D01 Stress Physiology M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OSS 122

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

OSS 122

Course Registration Number:

42553 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jerry F. Husak

The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

Schedule Details

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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 396 - 01 Health Misconceptions - T W R F - - 1000 - 1140 OWS LL54

Days of Week:

- T W R F - -

Time of Day:

1000 - 1140

Location:

OWS LL54

Course Registration Number:

10348 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jerry F. Husak

Fad diets, federal nutrition guidelines, trendy exercise programs, weight-loss pills, and celebrities pushing their current moneymakers are increasingly common in the media. Despite access to more information in the digital age, it is more difficult to discern what is actually true when we face so much information. This course will address popular misconceptions about our health by fact-checking popular claims with primary scientific literature. We will articulate what is accurate, or not, about claims made in the media and identify gaps in our knowledge. Topics will depend on student interests and the most current available research, but will likely include examination of trends in exercise and diet, as well as the actions and effectiveness of new pharmaceuticals. Prerequisites: BIOL 207, BIOL 208, and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 or permission of instructor.

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Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location